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Gridiron Greats at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Although the Super Bowl is over, there is still one thing left to do from Super Bowl themed New York City. People can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Gridiron Greats: Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick.

Collegiate jersey
Jai Waltz
Collegiate jersey at the Gidiron Greats exhibit at the MET
Jai Waltz

The football cards on display were printed between 1894 thru 1959. Since football began as a college sport, the cards from 1894 are college football cards. Going forward into the history of football, it was the college coaches who then created and refined more rules in order to perfect the game that is known today. Small associations, who soon became professional, formed in Midwestern towns, such as Pittsburgh. The growth of the love of football grew, so the leagues got bigger, soon forming the NFL in 1922 and the AFL in 1960. Eventually the first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.

Notable cards featured will be John Dunlop from Harvard, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, and Sid Luckman, Frank Gifford, Tom Landry, Charlie Conerly, and Emlen Tunnell, and Kenny Washington, who played alongside Jackie Robinson at UCLA.

This exhibit goes until February 10, 2014, and admission is included with the donation admittance to the museum.